I start by saying I am working under some difficulty! My wife was given an iPod and docking station for Christmas and in the process of installing it on this computer, with several hours of "help" from Apple I seem to have lost all access to my files and Outlook Express - thus a different route for this message was necessary - will it work?
Here goes -
Firstly some notes from Thursday prepared by John Ball and sent from the Station computer that has equally been beset by Christmas blues:-
The Shunter Dept. continued with the installation of the remaining three signs for the Idridgehay project at Wirksworth. Recycled posts were wire brushed and painted.
Further sorting of stores was carried out in the 40ft container and various engines were barred over to prevent seizure. An additional stove has been acquired and renovated for mess van.
The narrow gauge gates had some attention and the Booking Hall welcomed some visitors. The clear up of the Gatwick Express was underway and the Christmas decorations taken down.
Now - onto today!
The Permanent Way team came out in force and were accompanied by Radio Derby's Luke Barrett for the whole day. He has now been fully briefed about sleeper changing and fishplate greasing and looked suitably tired and mucky after the day's endeavours which included a total of 23 changed. Nearly a record, we must have more media in attendance.
Nottingham Castle was berthed to enable tomorrow's Ravenstor service to operate normally and the Gatex cleaning continued to remove the mince pie remains. The Mess Hall had a good clean as well and work continued on the narrow gauge track bed.
Further hardy visitors were entertained in the Booking Hall.